Airbnb and Dutch airline KLM kicked-off a new partnership in December in the coolest way possible, by creating an aircraft apartment at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
A recently retired McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was converted into a pop-up apartment complete with beds, a home cinema, former seats as lounges, a kids play area, galleys as kitchens and an outdoor terrace behind the wings.
As part of the campaign, the plane was available for a one-night stay as part of a competition that drew 10,000 entries and KLM said the guests “thoroughly enjoyed their extraordinary home for a night despite the ban on using the inflatable emergency slide and roasting marshmallows in the jet engines”.
As part of the longer term partnership, KLM travellers will be able to search for a place to stay on Airbnb through the KLM website along with their flight booking.
“Airbnb and KLM both connect people around the world and our product portfolios are complimentary… no long flight without accommodation,” said Martijn van der Zee, SVP E-Commerce for Air France KLM.
“And since both companies share a passion in offering their customers an inspiring travel experience, it made perfect sense to join forces.”
To view a video of the one-time apartment, click on the YouTube image at the top of the page.